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Shakespeare mentions the European Starling once, in Henry IV Part I. That moved a 19th Century Shakespeare enthusiast to introduce the bird into America.
Authorities in Australia are looking at material washed ashore to find out if it is related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
South Africa's public broadcaster says it refused to broadcast an advert from the controversial politician Julius Malema, saying it incited violence.
The Philippines and Hong Kong agree to resolve a row over a 2010 bus hijacking in Manila that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.
EU member countries have cut new government borrowing, but total debt continues to rise, European Commission figures show.
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A court in Colombia rules that President Juan Manuel Santos should reinstate the ousted mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, within 48 hours.
David Moyes thanks Sir Alex Ferguson for giving him the chance to manage Manchester United.
A 35-year-old woman becomes Saudi Arabia's first licensed female pilot.
Twitter users bombard the New York Police department with images depicting police aggression in the latest social media campaign to go awry.
A drive by New York police backfires when people respond to a request to share photos of themselves with officers with a deluge of negative images.
The massacre of hundreds of civilians in South Sudan is an "abomination" and a betrayal of the people by their leaders, the White House says.
Pakistan's biggest news channel should be shut for airing claims the country's spies were behind an attack on presenter Hamid Mir, the defence ministry says.
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Justin Bieber has caused social media upset after posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine on Instagram.
Russia's foreign minister accuses the US of "running the show" in Ukraine, influencing Kiev's anti-terror operations in the east.
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Paul Scholes will assist long-time friend Ryan Giggs at Manchester United following the sacking of David Moyes.
Authorities in South Korea arrest four more crew members from the ferry that sank last week and raid the offices of companies linked to its owners.